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Human rights have become a bargaining chip for unfair political games.

On Monday, the UN General Assembly elected Ukraine as a member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for the period 2018-2020. It happened in the framework of the rotation of the members of the Council. At this time, the 15 states, whose powers in the UNHRC expire on December 31, are to be replaced. News hurried to comment on the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergey Kyslitsa was pleased in his Twitter microblog: “Another platform in which Ukraine will defend human rights in the world and in the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbass in particular.”

Human rights have become a bargaining chip for unfair political games.

What did the UN report on the situation in Ukraine show?

With particular pleasure, the Ukrainian media noted that at the General Assembly last fall, Russia could not be re-elected to the UN HRC, although it had the right to do so. During the vote, she ceded (112 votes against 114) to Croatia her seat on the Council. In Kiev, they explain that the world reacted in this way to the “Russian aggression against Ukraine”.

In fact, last year’s failure of Russian diplomacy is directly related to our participation in the liberation of Syria from terrorists. The irritation of the Americans with the success of the Russian Aerospace Forces was transmitted to the assistant coalition of the Western coalition. More than 80 human rights and humanitarian organizations (completely familiar names - Human Rights Watch, Care International, etc.) turned to the General Assembly, who signed a petition demanding that Russia not be elected to the UN Human Rights Council because of its actions in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to this petition with a tweet from its official representative, calling the position of human rights activists "hypocritical and dishonest." There was also an explanation that the struggle of Russia against terrorists directly concerns the protection of human rights. Probably, in order to win over to himself and his argument the journalists accredited with the department, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs even danced to the participants of the Kalinka press tour.

All these foreign minded efforts have not outweighed the serious backstage work of Western opponents. As a result, Russia lost the UNHCR election, and Ukraine is now self-confidently taking credit for last year’s failure of Russian diplomacy. Ukrainians can understand. In the confrontation with Russia, they feel the obvious support of the West.

Not without it, and when Ukraine was elected to the UNHRC. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain why the protection of human rights throughout the world has been entrusted to a country torn by a burning civil conflict and shamelessly violating these very rights. There is no need to go far for examples. Just look at the documents of the UN itself.

Last year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine. He came out incomplete. Ivan Shimonovich, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for Human Rights in the British The Times, complained that the Ukrainian authorities simply did not allow the inspection that prepared the report to enter the five secret prisons of the SBU.

However, even what the UN specialists were able to see caused a real shock. It can be felt without figures and facts only under the title of one of the sections of the report “Extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, illegal and arbitrary detentions, torture and cruel treatment”. That's what it was.

“An unofficial detention network was established, where they illegally detained without issuing relevant documents, access to a lawyer and communication with relatives of dozens of people,” UN inspectors noted. This happened both in the basement of the SBU and in the administrative buildings. In Slavyansk, for example, the basement of a local college was used. This phenomenon was quite massive. Human rights activists believe that approximately one-fifth of all prisoners were in custody without any formalization of charges.

People were beaten and tortured. Statements about this came from almost two thousand people. True, the local prosecutor's office (hand washes his hand) left most of them without consequences and opened up only five hundred criminal cases. But even they testify to the arbitrariness of the Kiev authorities and the obvious violation of human rights in Ukraine.

The report gives a lot of real cases. In particular, made public история 74-year-old resident of the village Shchurovo Donetsk region. Employees of the SBU detained her in their own home. The old woman was beaten and tortured to learn about her son. Then they accused of terrorism and arrested. The UN mission found a poor woman in the Mariupol SIZO.

She was lucky. She survived. Others are not. UN inspectors found 1000 unidentified corpses in Ukrainian morgues. It is assumed that among them are those who could not stand the torture and conditions of detention. It makes no sense to repeat all the numerous facts. The examples already cited from the UN report paint a sad picture of the situation of people in Ukraine. It changes little.

This August, the UN mission familiarized itself with the attitude of the Ukrainian authorities towards refugees and internally displaced persons. The topic is different, but the attitude towards people is similar. They spend hours at the checkpoints, left without food, water and medical care. About half a million Donetsk residents are deprived of the opportunity to receive legally earned pensions, etc.

These are the findings of UN experts. But how the situation is assessed by the Ukrainians themselves. A survey conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation showed that only 4 percent of Ukrainian citizens believe that the situation with ensuring human rights and freedoms in the country has improved since Euromaidan. 35 percent of respondents state a sharp deterioration. In the Donbas, this estimate is even worse. 60% of respondents in the region noted negative trends in respect for human rights.

In the wake of political speculation

The human rights situation has always been a matter of political speculation. With their help, they ruined the reputation of states and exalted their own worthlessness. In recent years, the situation has only worsened. Experts attribute this to the appointment of Jordanian Prince Zeid al-Hussein to the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Previously, Al-Hussein headed the Jordanian mission to the UN. He managed to work as ambassador of Jordan to the USA. In the 2006 year, at the age of 42, he was a candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, but then the choice was made in favor of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Ban Ki-moon. Only in 2014, the Jordanian prince was able to occupy a high and fairly independent (by status the High Commissioner is also the chairman of the HRC) a post in the UN structure.

Immediately after his appointment, Zeid al-Hussein noted that he had become "the first high commissioner from Asia and from the Muslim and Arab world." Al-Hussein took his appointment as “the determination of the international community to strive for ensuring human rights in this part of the world.” The words were said about the fight against terrorism, the protection of "religious and ethnic groups, children threatened with forced recruitment and sexual violence, and women who are subject to severe restrictions."

The world connected the last passage of the new appointees with the Islamic State Islamic Group (ISIL), banned in Russia, but the Jordanian prince turned to 180 degrees and turned his gaze to the disliked Arab state of Israel, adding to the dozens of anti-Israeli resolutions.

About "Islamic State" al-Hussein somehow forgot. But he became interested in denouncing the Syrian President and his policies. He condemned Bashar al-Assad for "chemical attacks of the civilian population", "barbaric bombardments" and other "crimes" committed in fact by the aforementioned ISIL.

During the battle for Aleppo, Commissioner Al-Hussein once again accused the Syrian government of war crimes and promised to transfer the case to the International Criminal Court. However, this position did not surprise anyone, since the native Jordan was part of the Western coalition, which sought to retain control over the largest city of Syria.

It got, of course, and VKS of Russia. Even now, when the war against terrorists in Syria is nearing its logical end, the Jordanian prince does not abandon attempts to discredit the army of al-Assad and his allies. At the end of September, the next resolution on Syria was adopted at the 36 session of the UN Human Rights Council.

“It, in particular, says that (I quote from RIA Novosti) that“ foreign fighters-terrorists and foreign organizations ”are fighting on the side of Damascus, and the Syrian authorities are committing war crimes, as well as actions that can be regarded as crimes against humanity ".

The resolution contains a direct accusation of the Syrian air force of using sarin in the Khan-Sheikhun. The HRO demands to provide her with immediate, full and unhindered access to the entire territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. With this initiative, the member countries of the Council included in the Western coalition.

As we see, there is a biased attitude towards the conflict in Syria of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein and his subordinate structures. In this regard, it is not surprising that the tough reports of bona fide UN inspectors on the violation of human rights in Ukraine remained without any consequences.

Moreover, during the formation of the new composition of the HRC, these violations were left outside the discussion of the candidature of the Ukrainian state. So another “peacemaker” appeared, but the world is unlikely to get any better from this ...
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  1. VadimSt
    VadimSt 20 October 2017 15: 18 New
    The best way to shelter a guilty person is to give him a jury seat in court!
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana 20 October 2017 16: 19 New
      Moreover, if the judge with the guilty from one "company" and under one "godfather"!
  2. solzh
    solzh 20 October 2017 15: 24 New
    On Monday, the UN General Assembly elected Ukraine a member of the UN Human Rights Council

    Kuram laughs. It’s completely crazy at the UN.
    1. 79807420129
      79807420129 20 October 2017 18: 31 New
      Quote: solzh
      On Monday, the UN General Assembly elected Ukraine a member of the UN Human Rights Council

      Kuram laughs. It’s completely crazy at the UN.

      Well, why immediately went crazy repeat As a rotation, there are no permanent members in this council, Khokhlyat is present even as a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council, though it remains for them to wave the Americans there until 1.012018 and then they will stink with torch and lard in the HRC, but they generally do not pay attention to the flawed ones. hi
    2. NIKNN
      NIKNN 20 October 2017 18: 36 New
      Quote: solzh
      On Monday, the UN General Assembly elected Ukraine a member of the UN Human Rights Council

      Kuram laughs. It’s completely crazy at the UN.

      And the UN kisses her
      Says he loves .... smile
  3. corporal
    corporal 20 October 2017 15: 34 New
    for the period 2018-2020

    There will be a reason to lay down on all resolutions of the HRC until 2020.
    Total business then. yes (if our Foreign Ministry does not strike ..... what... and he may blaze .... or not? )
    1. Gardamir
      Gardamir 20 October 2017 16: 41 New
      lie down
      what to do?
  4. knn54
    knn54 20 October 2017 16: 27 New
    -Al-Hussein somehow forgot about the Islamic State. But he became interested in exposing the president of Syria and his politics.
    Hrc turns to sterrorists ...
    PS "Those who depend on America are forced to condemn our country, even if they sympathize with it in their hearts."
  5. Settlement Oparyshev
    Settlement Oparyshev 20 October 2017 17: 24 New
    As it does not combine disability and the corpses of prisoners of war from Donbass in Ukraine, as well as the deaths of innocent civilians of our lands with the Declaration of Human Rights. It is clear that the "man" with a small letter.
  6. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 20 October 2017 19: 16 New
    Interesting article. In the sense of one-sidedness and propaganda. Here, as historian A. Isaev noted, in response to the “pearl” exits to Rezun-Suvorov, there is one point - few will verify the facts given. Here the man wrote disgusting, but with the paragraphs and the number of the order - and everyone believed. The document is all the same ...
    I was not too lazy - I got on the Internet. The UN full report on human rights is easily found, and there ... SBU crimes, disgusting conditions of detention in jail, examples of missing people, unsolved crimes and .... The same picture from the LDP! With the same descriptions! And also a very voluminous report on violations of the rights of Crimean Tatars! So in objectivity, the author needs to practice ....
    Yes! Numbers in 1000 of unidentified corpses in Ukrainian morgues were not found either.
    1. 79807420129
      79807420129 20 October 2017 21: 19 New
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Another very voluminous report on violations of the rights of Crimean Tatars! T

      But from now on, please elaborate, I wonder who my wife infringes on the rights of her relatives angry Oh, and this scoundrel will get., Oh, and he will get. yes
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      So in objectivity, the author needs to practice.

      Maybe you dear quit playing hypocrisy and read the Internet in the ua.a segment, and then it takes you somewhere to extremes. hi
      1. The leader of the Redskins
        The leader of the Redskins 20 October 2017 22: 00 New
        Easily ... If you yourself are too lazy to look through, I copied.
        The claims to legal proceedings in the Crimea are set out in the Report as follows. Crimean courts stopped all legal proceedings under Ukrainian law and retrospectively (that is, "retroactively") applied the criminal law of the Russian Federation.

        On February 21, a Crimean Tatar from Kamenka was sentenced by a Crimean court to 11 days of administrative detention for posting material on an organization banned in the Russian Federation on the social network in 2013. In a similar case, the Crimean Tatar from Bakhchisarai was sentenced to 12 days of administrative detention for uploading material on an organization banned in the Russian Federation and four folk songs of a Chechen artist containing anti-Russian rhetoric to the social network in 2011-2012.

        In both cases, the accused were found guilty of propaganda of extremism and ignored the fact that the alleged violations took place before the laws of the Russian Federation were enforced in Crimea.

        A number of OHCHR claims relate to mass arrests in Crimean Tatar neighborhoods. On February 21, 10 Crimean Tatars were arrested who filmed a police search of the house of another Crimean Tatar suspected of extremism. They were found guilty of disturbing public order and obstructing the movement of civilians and sentenced to 5-day administrative arrest. A separate trial was conducted in respect of each of them and decisions were made within one day.

        At least in some cases fair trial standards have been violated:

        - the prosecution was not present;

        - two men were convicted in the absence of lawyers;

        - In at least one trial, the judge ignored the witness’s public refusal of his statement confirming the allegation that individuals violated public order and freedom of movement.

        On April 13, police raided Bakhchisarai and arrested two Crimean Tatars for posting "extremist materials" on a social network. Five other Crimean Tatars who gathered on the street watching a police raid were also arrested and charged with "unauthorized public gathering." All seven men were charged: six were sentenced to administrative detention (from two to ten days) and one was fined. During the court hearings, several persons were denied the right to legal representation, they were informed that they did not have the right to a lawyer.

        Another OHCHR claim - on February 14, the Crimean Supreme Court upheld the decision of the trial court in Simferopol, who was allowed to question Nikolay Polozov, the lawyer of the Russian Federation, as a witness in a criminal case against his client Ilmi Umerov, deputy chairman of the Mejlis. The court decision stated that the interrogation of Nikolai Polozov as a witness did not violate his rights as a defense lawyer, as he allegedly concerned facts that had occurred before he took over the defense of his client.

        OHCHR is “seriously concerned” by this decision, which not only undermines the confidentiality of communication between lawyers and their clients, but also the ability of lawyers to carry out their professional functions without intimidation, obstruction, harassment or inappropriate interference.

        OHCHR has recorded several cases of ill-treatment of people in custody. For example, on April 26, a prisoner in Simferopol, who began serving his term in Crimea before the 2014 year, cut his wrists and throat in protest against his transfer to Mordovia.

        On the other hand, the Report says that on March 17, the Russian Federation transferred Ukraine to 12 prisoners convicted before the conflict who were serving their sentences in Crimea. Their return to Ukraine is the result of lengthy negotiations between the Commissioners for Human Rights of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, during which they agreed to facilitate the transfer of Ukrainian citizens who were sentenced by the courts in mainland Ukraine or in Crimea before 2014, and wanted to be transferred to mainland part of Ukraine.

        OHCHR conducted an interview with all 12 prisoners. They reported human rights violations. OHCHR interlocutors complained of ill-treatment, threats of sexual violence and denial of confidential meetings with Ukrainian consuls. Medical assistance was also inadequate.

        Another claim is the draft of Crimeans into the army of the Russian Federation. The OHCHR believes that this violates the international ban on military service in the armed forces of the occupying power.

        OHCHR drew attention to problems with the demolition of buildings built without the necessary permits. Demolition of such buildings may affect Crimean Tatars, who, after returning from deportation, built houses on land that did not belong to them. OHCHR considers that decisions on the demolition of such buildings should not be taken by demolition commissions and local administrations, but by an independent court.

        OHCHR also noted a decrease in opportunities for the Ukrainian language as the language of instruction in education. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Education of the Crimea, the number of children studying in the Ukrainian language decreased from 12 694 in 2013 to 371 in the 2016 / 2017 school year.

        In 2013 in Crimea there were 7 schools and 875 classes with instruction in Ukrainian. As of March 2017, there was only one Ukrainian-language school in Feodosia that was attended by 132 students of 1-9 classes. The remaining 239 children studied in Russian-language schools, where some subjects were taught in Ukrainian. In total, training in Ukrainian is offered in 28 classes on the peninsula.

        But with the Crimean Tatar language, according to the Report, the situation is different: at the beginning of the 2016 / 2017 academic year, 5 330 children studied at it, which is comparable to the situation in the 2013 year. Like three years ago, fifteen schools continued to provide education exclusively in the Crimean Tatar language.
        And according to your logic and with your accents, I can answer in a mirror way:
        But since the infringement of the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine in more detail - who is it that my father, a retiree, is infringing? Not only that - they call upon Bandera to be called.
        Maybe you better stop hypocritical and acknowledge - if we rely on the UN, then in everything, and not selectively.
        1. 79807420129
          79807420129 20 October 2017 23: 42 New
          Quote: Leader of the Redskins
          Not only that - they call Bandera to call

          And you are definitely leaving the roof request Of course, call me, I can’t answer you in a mirror way, I’m writing from a smart, and from a computer I’ll answer only tomorrow, to any of your anti-Russian vysers. yes but after 15 hours, have you agreed? Your answer, I’m with your permission, I’ll forward my relatives to the Crimea, and then I’ll answer you too.
          Quote: Leader of the Redskins
          if we rely on the UN, then in everything, and not selectively.

          NOT WE, but YOU. If you wish you would be respected, stop spitting yourself in the direction of Russia, in your comments, only spit in our face, and then they won’t answer you, that's how hatred between peoples is born and we’re doing something It’s a sin to hide both YOU and WE, by the way, no one will ever drive you from Russia, although you diligently spray it with dirt. But this dirt will certainly come back to you. And whoever calls your father Bandera would personally turn the scoreboard to the side.
          1. The leader of the Redskins
            The leader of the Redskins 21 October 2017 09: 15 New
            You have a strange perception of my comment. Actually, it was originally dedicated to the "one-sidedness" of the article. Which makes me very jarred. As well as all of our information space. Also, please list my spit in the direction of Russia. I’ll write a complaint to myself, the crown will not fall.
            Fill the face of those who insult my father? ... So it’s not even necessary to go to Ukraine. Three years ago, calls began to him. From acquaintances, from distant relatives. They asked him to leave. And when they heard that he took this revolution with his soul, it began. So who gives rise to hatred between nations?
            Well, I don’t promise to communicate with you - after dinner I’m leaving for my mother in the Yaroslavl region, there’s no weakness ...
  7. Anchonsha
    Anchonsha 20 October 2017 21: 52 New
    The UN can just spit on its current worthlessness, but this is only philosophical. In reality, what are people, or rather what is their soul, such are their deeds. So one got into the garden, which is the United States, and made most of the others, thanks to its strong economy, the army the same goats, but hornless and powerless, who, under duress, elected Bandera Ukraine to the HRC,
  8. Gormenghast
    Gormenghast 22 October 2017 05: 45 New
    As a person (and not a reptiloid), I, unlike the UN, cannot recognize human rights: Satanism, feminism, juvenile, ephtanzia, homosexuality and drug addiction.

    Here I am. I don't care if Ukraine is in the HRC or not; I am glad that Russia is not there. am
  9. wei
    wei 23 October 2017 20: 31 New
    Ecology, Sport, any reason that can influence trade through politics (read enrichment) Nothing new request
  10. seacap
    seacap 24 October 2017 23: 32 New
    It is time to raise the question of liquidating this office, both biased and political, as well as the Olympic Committee, which has become a political organization, together with its WADA, as a lying and unprofessional organization that destroys the foundations of the Olympic movement.